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The Art of War, an ancient military treatise composed of thirteen chapters, is traditionally attributed to the military strategist Sun Wu, and dated to the Late Spring and Autumn Period (771 – 476 BCE). While in antiquity, the text served as a primer for inspiring soldiers, it has expanded its influence into politics, economics, and commerce in modern times.Read More
Wei Guangqing drew inspiration from Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644) woodblock illustrations of Sun Tzu’s Art of War, in which thirteen chapters and two additional portraits of Sun Wu and his disciple Sun Bin comprise a total of fifteen images. Wei highlights characters in bright colors, representative of his iconic Cultural Pop style, while juxtaposing the illustration against a dull grey chessboard background, in which the arrangements of the game pieces all result in a draw. Wei attracts further visual interest by applying varying thickness of paint on different color planes, creating an intricate relief effect.
Wei Guangqing’s Cultural Pop reexamines a classical text and reinterprets the value of traditional culture in a contemporary setting. In Wei’s Art of War, the composition is intelligently planned out and painting meticulously executed, in the fashion of a military exercise or a skillful game of chess. Ultimately, the viewer is invited to reflect on the ancient wisdom of the legendary Sun Tzu and find resonance in the strategy of their modern lives.
Tzeng Yong-ning’s Landscapes, Passing Leaps and Bounds
Landscape – Uphill feature an ensemble of bizarre shapes stacked on top of each other. The ensemble appears to bare visual weight, especially in contrast to the small and large circles surrounding it.
Tzeng Yong-ning, Landscape – Uphill 04, 2020 © Tzeng Yong-ning
In Tzeng Yong-ning’s gold-foiled The Flower of Plenary series, a large circle dominates the composition, and is in turn filled with countless smaller circles, of various patterns, colors, sizes.
Tzeng Yong-ning, The Flower of Plenary 07, 2019 – 2020 © Tzeng Yong-ning
Tzeng Yong-ning’s Brocade of Spring series, features many motifs taken from traditional architecture. The jagged white lines found throughout the composition resemble wooden lattice windows, while the background shapes are reminiscent of brickwork and masonry. The dabs of golden ink not only allude to the art of calligraphy, but also the beloved motif of bamboo.
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In contemporary art magazine ArtReview‘s coverage of the upcoming Art Taipei 2021 art fair, Xue Song’s mixed-media collage New Heights was prominently featured as both the article’s cover and content image.
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The cover of the upcoming April 2020 issue of Taiwan’s Crown Magazine features Xue Song’s 2018 painting, Return Peacefully After Success – Poetry by Feng Zikai.
Crown Magazine, April 2020, No. 794 © Crown
The cover of Robb Report Lifestyle China’s October 2019 edition features a collaboration between Chopard’s new sport-chic timepiece, Alpine Eagle, and artist Xue Song’s eponymously titled painting.
Xue Song with Alpine Eagle © Robb Report. Photo: Courtesy of Xue Song
On June 2, Porsche’s first electric sports car, the Taycan, was officially released in Shanghai, in collaboration with the Chinese contemporary artist Xue Song.
Porsche Taycan 2019 © Porsche
ARTREK is a brandnew project of Taiwan Art Gallery Association (TAGA) in 2021. Through this project, we are bringing you spectacular art scenes, artists’ stories and gallerists’ opinions in Taiwan.
– Taiwan Art Gallery Association
Artrek Episode 1 © Taiwan Art Gallery Association